I believe everyone must acknowledge the craze and success of the original ‘Frozen’ back in 2013. Even if “Disney isn’t your thing” or “you’ve outgrown it” (which are two things I don’t believe could be true), you must recognise that ‘Frozen’ hit everywhere. The amount of Elsa and Anna costumes became an obsession, the singing of ‘Let it Go’ was around every corner – ‘Frozen’ really did hit a wide audience. So, in 2019, when the second Frozen was released, you would expect the exact same trend would occur again. Although many rushed to see ‘Frozen II’, I don’t think it quite managed the success from the first film.
Unfortunately, I cannot say ‘Frozen II’ has the strongest plot. Compared to the original, it is quite similar and that is a shame. It’s the same story of Elsa in search of her powers to discover more. This time a voice leads her into the Enchanted Woods. Now, I do like this change in scenery. The Enchanted Woods is a fantastic new setting, with winds with their own minds, with new creatures and mist to explore the mystery of the unknown. It is exciting to delve into this new fantasy world.
Of course, most Disney films are musicals and this one is no different. I would say the most successful song of this film has to be ‘Into the Unknown’ and it is a great one. The majority of the other songs are not as memorable. They are no ‘Love is an Open Door’ or ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’, ‘Fixer Upper’ or ‘In Summer’. Nevertheless, ‘Frozen II’ songs are still enjoyable to watch. They are performances in their own plots and the emotion executed across the film is heartfelt. Of course, Idina Menzel is fantastic in her songs, her voice just as strong and emotional from the first film. I will also always be a big fan of Kristen Bell voicing Anna.
One of the highlights of ‘Frozen II’ has to be the comedy. There is comedy throughout but one character is the main reason for this. Once again, Josh Gad voicing Olaf is fantastic. He has some of the most hilarious one-liners. Whether he’s asking where Samantha is, explaining in brutally honest ways of Elsa and Anna’s past or realising he is feeling other emotions for a snowman; Olaf is extremely amusing. Olaf is the best part of the film, bringing so much joy and hilarity.
I did enjoy this film; it ticks many of the boxes of what a Disney Classic is. However, due to the weak plot it isn’t as amazing as it potentially could have been. ‘Frozen II’ isn’t a film that I would watch over and over again (and trust me there are many Disney Classics that I would watch repeatedly). I do wish the songs were more memorable, rather than an echo of the voice heard in the woods in every song. I don’t know whether ‘Frozen II’ could actually have ever repeated the success of the first film, so for what it is, they’ve done a decent job. We explore Elsa’s magical powers in more detail and understand more of the past of Arendelle and the Enchanted Woods. Although, I did become confused by inevitable saving grace that ended the film. For a good laugh with Olaf this film is cracking.